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local support groups

Starting a Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Support Group

Would you be interested in starting a patient-focused and patient-driven forum designed to develop a support network for your patients? This can provide opportunities to:
  • Meet, greet, and share ideas for a healthier, more effective PD life
  • Provide a positive group environment that encourages learning from each other
  • Share frustrations and brainstorm viable solutions
  • Share experiences from the dialysis process
  • Be an example for others about the merits of PD

To learn more on how to start a PD support group, contact Timmy Nelson at or call (610) 241-5069. Timmy Nelson initiated and runs a successful PD support group in the Philadelphia area. He is also a Patient Representative at his dialysis center.

In-Person Local Support Groups

Western PA Kidney Support Groups

The Western PA Kidney Support Groups was founded on May 2010 as a nonprofit to enable those with chronic kidney disease, transplant recipients and candidates, as well as caregivers to meet and share common experiences. There are currently eight support group locations throughout Western Pennsylvania and over 600 participants involved with the organization.

American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) offers support groups for patients dealing with kidney disease are a growing need in many communities. The exchange of information and important patient-to-patient collaboration that occurs within a support group is one of the most valuable elements of patient participation. Renal support groups are offered in Newark, Delaware and Newtown, Pennsylvania. Learn more by contacting

Telephone Support Groups

Renal Support Network

The Renal Support Network's (RSN) support group meetings are open to people who have kidney disease and their family members. Meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of the month (excluding some holidays) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. PT. Learn more by contacting

National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) offers a national, telephone-based peer support program called NKFPeers. This program connects people who want support with someone who has been there and helps people adjust to living with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or a kidney transplant. The program also offers support to those considering living kidney donation or who have been have been living kidney donors.

Online Support Groups

Daily Strength

Daily Strength is an online database of support groups for a variety of circumstances. One example includes a polycystic kidney disease (PKD) support group. 

Additional Resources

Page last updated: 03/05/18